Police Blotter: Pair Walked Away From $3,000 In Camera Equipment; Man's Bank Account Drained After Giving Card Info On Phone; Long Wrecker Tow Goes Unpaid

Monday, November 11, 2019

Two men said they were at 214 W 8th St. when they placed their camera and camera equipment down on a sidewalk bench and walked up the street. After a few minutes they walked back down to retrieve their equipment and it was gone. Bystanders in the area said they saw a white male wearing a cowboy hat walk by the bench and pick up the bag. The bag contained approximately $3,000 worth of camera and camera equipment. Police searched the area. However, the man with the cowboy hat was not located. 

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A resident of Preston Street said she had a rental car from Enterprise and she last saw it without damage two nights earlier at about 10 or 11 p.m. when it was parked at home. The car stayed there overnight and then the next morning around 6 a.m. she discovered that the two passenger side tires had been cut and were flattened. She then had those tires replaced for about $80 each and then the car stayed there overnight again. At about 9 a.m. the next morning she discovered that the driver side front tire had been flattened as well. 

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A woman on Marlin Road said her vehicle was broken into. The vehicle had both front and rear passenger windows broken out and multiple items taken from it. A credit card that was stolen was used a short time after the theft at the BP gas station at 4900 Brainerd Road.

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A man said he left his truck parked at the Longhorn at 5771 Brainerd Road while he was at lunch. When he got back out to the truck, he discovered that the rear window had been broken out and the driver side window had been damaged also. He said that it looked like someone had tried to get in the truck. He had an estimate of $895 for repairs. 

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A man left his vehicle parked at a restaurant at 2503 Westside Dr. He was later notified by a waitress at the restaurant that his vehicle had been broken into. Someone had bashed out the passenger side window of his truck and taken a Lenovo laptop ($800) which was in a black and red case. The waitress spoke with some individuals that were working across the street who told her there was a tall white male, wearing a light-colored T-shirt, walking down Westside Drive, but they are unsure if he was the suspect.

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At a gas station at 2301 4th Ave., a manager said a white male and white female were in a vehicle at pump #7. He said the white female drove off with the gas nozzle still inside of the vehicle causing it to damage the gas hose (unknown if she was blonde). He said the individuals returned and informed him what they had done and he demanded their identification to alert the gas pump company what happened. The individuals apologized for what they did and then left the scene. The manager said the tag on the vehicle displayed a phone number. He contacted the number. However, the individual who answered was not sure of who the individuals were.

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An employee at Doug Yates Wrecker said they towed a vehicle from 2915 Hwy. 129, Cleveland, Ga., to 3300 Crain Hwy, Mowie, Md. Afterward, the company was notified that the individual who contacted Yates to have the vehicle towed used a stolen credit card to pay for the tow. The transaction took place over the phone and Yates never came into contact with the individual who requested the tow. The individual said he was Ernest Johnson MD.

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Officers met with a man at a location on Brainerd Road, who stated that his credit card information was taken and bank account drained. He said that what he thought was his bank (Georgia Own Credit Union) called requesting his credit card ending. After handing over this valuable information, he then received an alert that his account had a low balance. He checked and it showed the card information being used in Lake Worth, Fla. The people who stole the information took around $7,000 out of his bank account. 

 

 


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